Americans Need to Take More Vacation Time

It is a true statement that Americans do like to be productive. It's as if it's in our DNA. Well, our ancestors moved to America to gain freedom from tyranny, excessive taxation and religious persecution. As a result, Americans take pride in having the ability to make our own way. The only caveat is achieving success takes a lot of hard work. We are a nation that wants to be free of dependencies on other people and the government. We want to carve out our own paths. This is why millions of immigrants strive to and do move to America each and every year. More than any other country in the world. This is because they know they will have more freedom in America than they will anywhere else. Yet, that does come with some strings attached.

For example, the United States is the only country in the developed world that doesn't require employers to offer paid vacation time. Remarkably, one out of four Americans goes completely without paid vacation time. This means they work and do not make any income if they do decide to take a vacation. Still, even when Americans are offered vacation time, they don't take all that is available. According to a 2010 survey, the average American only takes 16 out of 18 accumulated vacation days. In 2013, Americans left 429 million paid time off days unused. In 2014, 42 percent of Americans said they did not take any vacation days. Some may take pride in this very strong work ethic, but evidence shows that becoming more effective means not working too hard. Basically, Americans should learn how to relax. Humans need to get outside for fresh air and sunshine. Also, vacations and even small breaks greatly increase efficiency.

Phyllis Korkii writes in the New York Times, “A growing body of evidence shows that taking regular breaks from mental tasks improves productivity and creativity — and that skipping breaks can lead to stress and exhaustion.” There is another reason that Americans should take more vacations. This has to do with the fact that A) vacations make you happy and B) happiness is contagious, so it positively affects those around you. Not to mention, when you are happy, you are more likely to be more creative and collaborative. In fact, research from the Harvard Business Review supports this. So, you should work hard to improve your life, but don't forget that breaks and vacations are necessary too.

Photo: Pexels

More

You think being a woman in America is oppressive? Be lucky you don’t live in one of the 10 nations the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s deemed as the...

More than one-third of adults snore at least a few nights each week. The noisy sounds of snoring occur when there is an obstruction or blockage...

Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by calcium loss which causes the bones to become thin, weak and easily fractured. Osteoporosis causes pain...

When it is time to hire a decorator for your home, there are certain qualities that you want to look for. There’s nothing worse than hiring a home...

Just like individuals can have bad habits, couples can get into bad habits. There are a few bad relationship habits that can ultimately lead to...

Latest Fab Stories

How much do you know about Feng Shui? Some people who are getting into interior decorating are becoming more and more interested in Feng Shui. Did...

If you talk to relationship therapists, they will probably tell you that one of the top 3 problems in relationship problems is the lack of...

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The brilliant colored leaves, crisp morning air, football games and decorating the home! One can...

For decades, many of us have lived by the 40-hour workweek. It just seems standard and logical, what else is there? Yet, one company elMejorTrato....

Let's face it, we all have habits we'd like to change. Whether it be expecting dessert with every meal, sleeping later than we should or spending...

Owning your dream home is a blessed feeling, however, not everyone gets to live their dream. Budget and space constraints are the major reason for...

You'll be hard pressed to find a home décor topic more divided than the question of wallpaper. This wall covering saw a period of great popularity...

Life insurance is a personal insurance product that allows an individual to designate a beneficiary in the event of their death. When the...

What is it about certain relationships that make them stand the test of time? Obviously love and attraction are important, but many couples that...

Stress is unavoidable. Some stress is even good for you-- eustress (good stress) is what motivates you and makes you feel fulfilled. Distress, on...

Love is an interesting word and there are so many definitions for it. Love is perhaps one of the most common topics around the world because so...